Armavir, also known as Hoktemberyan and it is a city of about 30,000 inhabitants situated 43 kilometers (26 miles) west of Yerevan. It is the capital of the province which has the same name. There is nothing special in this city center, but its surroundings are another story. There are plenty of interesting spots to check out for the intrepid. It is not a mandatory visit, but if you are in the area, you may want to make the most of your trip.
People do not spend the night in the city because Armavir does not have good hotel infrastructure. Visitors usually visit Sardarapat on the same day trip as well. If you are very interested in archaeology, there is also a local museum in the middle of the countryside between the villages of Aknalich and Taronik, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Armavir.
Things to Do in Armavir
For Armenia, Sardarapat symbolizes the integrity, the resistance against the invaders, their national pride. It is the Masada of the Armenians, but with a happy ending. About 10 kilometers (6 miles) south-west of Armavir, going up the M5 road towards the fortified border with Turkey, the complex rises in memory of the heroes of the battle – the soldiers who defeated the Turkish forces in 1918.
The army of the recently proclaimed First Republic, commanded by General Andranik, achieved a decisive victory here against the invaders without which today the situation of the country would be completely different.
The complex was built in 1968 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event and its entrance is guarded by two giant winged bulls symbolizing strength and persistence. Its huge 35-meter bell tower is visible from the distance and it was built as a tribute to the numerous bells which at that time rang from nearby churches to alert the population of the advance of the enemy.
The enclosure houses a 34,000 square-meter museum with a small exhibition in honor of the combatants and another much larger sized room devoted to folklore, which is also worth taking a look at. If you are really hungry, Sardarapat has a cozy traditional food restaurant where they make their own lavash.
Visit Metsamor Historical-Archaeological Museum-Reserve
The museum-reserve is in the municipality of Taronyk, in the middle of the countryside. It is a local museum of archaeology which exhibits some pieces that have been found in the surrounding archaeological sites since 1965. At the entrance, there is a collection of phallic monuments representing fertility and a vishap, proof of the ancestral rites that took place in these lands.
About 1,900 objects are exhibited in the museum. These include vases, amphoras, obsidian pieces, and objects from the Iron Age or jewels. It is quite complicated to find the place and you can only get there by taxi or with your own vehicle. The best thing to do is to get to Taronik and you should ask while you are there. We only recommend the visit if you are passionate about history and archaeology.
How to Get from Yerevan to Armavir and Sardarapat?
There are marshrutkas from Yerevan leaving for the village of Berkashat. Depart from the Kilikia bus station since the buses there go past Sardarapat.
Another option is to go to Armavir in a marshrutka and take a taxi to and from the monument there. The return to Yerevan will always be easier from Armavir because the frequency of minibusses is much higher. In addition, there are trains leaving from the central station of the capital at 7:25 p.m.